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Civil Engineer

Overview: Civil engineers design and supervise the construction of roads, airports, tunnels, bridges, water supplies, sewage systems and buildings. They may conduct applied research studies to evaluate design plans and assess the impact of new projects on the environment.
Duties: They supervise architectural and structural design planning and surveying and drafting activities to produce preliminary construction plans for highways, bridges, tunnels, etc.

They estimate costs and map out construction schedules for the subcontractors. They also specify construction materials, environmental protection procedures and project completion dates.

Use computer based mathematical models to produce final construction specifications and produce drawings for the construction showing all visual perspectives.

Make final selection of subcontractors and supervise all construction activities during each stage. Assure quality and accuracy with respect to materials and the land survey plan.

Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of civil engineers is expected to grow much faster than average through 2018 spurred by population growth and the need to design and construct transportation, water supply, pollution control systems, roads, bridges, and other public structures.
Salary Range (National Average): $39,000 to $45,000
Growth: Growth
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's degree from an accredited engineering program is the typical requirement for entry positions. Some employers require a master's degree. All 50 states require registration for civil engineering positions that may affect public health or the environment. Registration generally requires a bachelor's degree, four years of working experience and passing a state examination.
Advancement Info: Beginning engineering graduates usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers and, in large companies, also may receive formal classroom or seminar-type training. As new engineers gain knowledge and experience, they are assigned more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions. Engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a staff or team of engineers and technicians. Some may eventually become engineering managers or enter other managerial or sales jobs.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
* For New York salary data information please click here
* For New York green job information please click here.

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.